Vanilla Bourbon Smash

Wow…holy hell it’s been a while. So sorry my friends, these last few months have been a journey.

Since my last post, I’ve decided to leave my career in accounting and finance behind, and pursue a more artistic career. I’m slightly terrified, but equally optimistic! After working as an accountant for five years, I’ve decided it’s time to pursue my passion of jewelry. I’ve somehow found myself back in school taking metal smithing classes, and it’s been a resource of knowledge. I’m enjoying every bit of it, and have been spending the last few months building out my work desk (which is another blog post to come!), reading and collecting countless books, and practicing, practicing, practicing.

And as far as that finance life, I left my corporate job behind to work as a studio manager for an Austin artisan designer. I won’t lie, at first I was terrified. For the early years of my life, I believed a 9-5 salaried desk job was the life, and it truly is for some when you find your passion, but I quickly realized it wasn’t for me. I have longed to work with my hands and create something, anything! While I’m not necessarily doing that now in my normal work hours, I’m learning what it takes to operate a small and thriving business. It’s exhilarating and wonderful; every month is a new month and it’s an amazing growing experience.

But hey, let me not bore you with details. That’s my life, and I know you came for the cocktails!

This next cocktail recipe is dedicated to my girl Bettina, who’s been waiting for a new blog post! I didn’t realize Spencer had shared my secret internet life as a blogger with others 😉

So…cocktail recipe…since pears are still in season, I figured why not celebrate the pear, which is in season through the end of winter. An ode to pears!

pear and bourbon shot web

Crisp, delicious, and sweet; this pear cocktail is sure to tie you over from late winter to spring! Of course these days, if you’re down in Texas, it’s already starting to feel like spring.

vanilla bean simple syrup web

We’ll start this round out with a delicious homemade simple syrup; if you don’t make your own already, you should. It’s quick, easy, and deliciously customizable. This time around, I’m making a flavorful vanilla bean simple syrup. The recipe is simple: 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1 vanilla bean scraped. Combine the ingredients into a sauce pan and stir until the sugar is melted and the mixture is boiling. I threw in the vanilla bean husk and simmered it for an additional 10 minutes before pouring into a separate container to cool.Read More »

Advertisements

Braised Pulled Pork Tacos

Alright folks, I live in Texas, and if there is one thing us Texans love, it’s a great taco. You just cannot go wrong; breakfast, lunch, or dinner! There are an infinite different combinations that make tacos a favorite of mine; they may not always be traditional Mexican tacos, but I love fusion and alternative options so just about anything will fly as long as it’s delicious.
prep photos - spices iii better

This time around, I’m going for the classic pulled pork taco, a staple in the Southwest!

prep photos - spices ii

It’s nice to take a few hours to roast a pork shoulder from time to time; I just love how easy it is, while filling up your house with delicious aromas and spices.Read More »

Pineapple Jalapeño Mexican Mule

Hey folks! It feels like it’s been forever since I posted! October has proven to be a busy month so far. Speaking of, Happy October! There’s something about this month that I really love; maybe I’m partial because I was born this month, but there’s just something about all the pumpkins, Halloween, and costumes that gets me.

Oh yeah, remember that delicious Jalapeño Infused Tequila I made a little over a week ago? Well….it’s back and ready to be enjoyed in the form of the Moscow’s Mule tequila based cousin, the Mexican Mule!

mexican mule prep ii

I’m a big fan of the Moscow Mule, but equally so of the spin off cocktail concoctions inspired by. This particular drink is jam-packed full of delicious flavors, from the sweetness of pineapple, to the sourness of ginger beer, and of course, the spiciness of the jalapeño!

mexican mule flat lay

Aside from preparing the tequila a day or so in advance, this cocktail is very easy to make, it simply includes mixing together some ingredients, such as pineapple juice, ginger beer, lime juice, and tequila. So refreshing and tropical…you’d almost forget it’s not Summer. Oh wait, it’s still 90°F in Austin, so sometimes it’s easy for me to forget it’s Fall. I want so badly to wear boots, sweaters, light a fire, sip hot cocoa, and all that jazz, but I struggle sometimes when the weather is still plenty hot. Patience…patience…patience.Read More »

Jalapeno Infused Tequila

Happy Wednesday folks! What better way to gear up for the weekend than with some infused spirits! Today we’re diving head first into a spicy jalapeño infused tequila.

Cabo Wabo Tequila

Living in the Southwest, there’s plenty of love for all things spicy to go around. Jalapeños are added to practically everything, dishes, salsas, dips, spirits, you name it. My husband, Spencer, is a big time fan of spicy foods, so when I mentioned a jalapeño infused tequila, he sure as hell wasn’t going to turn that one down.Read More »

Pickled Red Onions

It’s fall y’all! I can’t believe the first day of fall has come and gone, summer flew by so fast! Although it feels strange here in Texas where we still have 90°F days and plenty of sunshine, people in shorts, sandals, and tanks. We’re still in limbo. When I went to the grocery store the other day there were pumpkins lined up everywhere outside, it was like a sudden pumpkin invasion had descended upon us! I’m definitely looking forward to this fall and am keeping my fingers crossed for some cooler weather soon.

That being said, it’s a great time to pickle some of your summer seasons bountiful harvest, whether that’s from your backyard or grocery store.
pickled onions prep up close

For me today, it’s pickled onions. Growing up, I was never an onion fan. In fact, the only person in my family who enjoyed onions was my mom. Sorry you never got to add onions into our cooking Mom; however, when you visit me I’ll sneak them into my cooking! Anyway, I grew up and discovered how good onions actually were once I finally gave them a chance. Honestly, I still can’t stand raw white onions; I don’t want them anywhere on or in my food… just a personal thing. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll change my mind. Read More »

Simple Ginger Margarita

There’s nothing like coming home after a long day to unwind with a delicious cocktail and conversation with friends, family, or possibly even your pet(s). They may not be able to share a cocktail with me, but those furry friends make great listeners and cuddle buddies. Often times when I’m in the kitchen, my cat Nora wants to be my sidekick and always has to check out what’s going on. She’s definitely a space invader to the max.

ginger margarita mixers

What I love most about this cocktail is its simplicity; while I love making a great homemade cocktail from scratch, it’s also really wonderful to have a quick option that’s equally delicious and quality for those long exhausting work days or when my pantry is lacking! That’s why I love these mixers by Powell & Mahoney; they use quality, limited, and natural ingredients, exactly how I like my cocktails. I can find these mixers at my local Whole Foods in Texas, but they definitely have a great distribution network and online store if you’re looking. For this cocktail, I simply used a suggested recipe off the back of the bottle itself.Read More »

Fresh Flowers: Fantastic Fuchsia Pink

Jeez, sometimes I can’t get enough of fresh flowers! It’s truly one thing I don’t ever think I’ll get over or give up. Sometimes it’s a bit of an addiction, and it doesn’t help when your friends feed it! I currently have two friends working in the floral industry, so when they give you free flowers that are just leftovers, how can you turn that down?

pink rose dahlia celosia arrangement

I recently received a ridiculous amount of roses from my dear friend Laura; and when I say ridiculous, I mean it. 100 roses? What to do with 100 roses! Granted some of them were already dying and therefore unusable, but plenty others were ready, waiting to be arranged into something beautiful. My favorite of the bunch were these beautiful pink tipped white roses; they smelled delicious, looked amazing, and added the perfect touch of elegance to my otherwise bold and eclectic arrangement.Read More »